Steps to Applying for Financial Aid

Applying for Financial Aid doesn't have to be complicated. Follow these easy steps and you are on your way!

The 2024-2025 FAFSA Will be Available in December 2023

Historically, the FAFSA has been available to complete on October 1 for an upcoming academic year. For example, students were able to complete the FAFSA for the 2023-2024 academic year beginning in October 2022. Due to significant changes being made to the application and the rebuild to the FAFSA processing system, the 2024-2025 FAFSA will not be available until December 2023. Updates on an exact date will be posted here when announced.

Step 1 - Complete the FAFSA

To apply for financial aid you must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) each academic year. Go to > Apply for Aid > Complete the FAFSA Form to get started. You can complete the FAFSA online and sign it electronically with your FSA ID. You can apply for or retrieve your FSA ID (username & password) at Your FAFSA application is used to apply for the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Work Study, FSEOG, Federal Direct Loans and the PA State Grant. Additional steps may be required in order to receive the PA State Grant. The PA State Grant is administered by PHEAA. More information regarding the PA State Grant is found at

Community College of Philadelphia School Code: 003249

Note: Please keep record of your FSA ID. You will need it every year to apply for financial aid and to access Federal Student Aid websites.

Financial Aid Application Deadlines

FAFSA Completion Demo Videos

Independent Student Demo

An independent student is one of the following: at least 24 years old, married, a graduate or professional student, a veteran, a member of the armed forces, an orphan, a ward of the court, someone with legal dependents other than a spouse, an emancipated minor, or someone who is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Dependent Student Demo

If you do not meet the criteria for an independent student, you are dependent.  Dependent students must report parents’ information, in addition to your own, on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form.


FATV videos are useful to assist with the completion of your FAFSA. If you need further assistance completing a FAFSA application, please contact the office at to schedule a Zoom meeting.

Step 2 - Read your Student Aid Report

Once you've completed the FAFSA application, you'll receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) via email. You can also access your SAR by logging back into your FAFSA at Review your SAR carefully and take the appropriate steps if required. 

Step 3 - Check your MyCCP and College Email Accounts

The Office of Financial Aid will review your FAFSA application and post any outstanding requirements to your MyCCP account. Make sure to complete and sign all appropriate forms that are required to process your application.

To view your outstanding requirements in MyCCP, follow these steps: 

  • Log into your MyCCP portal
  • Click on the Student tab at the top
  • Click on Financial Aid to the right
  • Click on Status
  • Click on My Eligibility
  • Click on Student Requirements
  • Choose the Aid Year (School Year)